Mariah Carey did not ring in the New Year on a high note. Millions watched her cringe-worthy performance during Dick Clark's 'New Years Rockin Eve' special at Times Square in NYC. Mariah was the last pre-midnight performer for the ABC airing. During her first number, there seemed to be some technical glitch, not completely uncommon for live shows and quickly resolved. However, when Mariah's second song "Emotions" began, things spiraled downhill fast.

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It was like watching a train wreck you didn't want to see -- but couldn't look away from, completely stunned by what you were hearing, or not hearing, in this case.

Mariah's team is fuming and calling sabotage

Mariah's manager, Stella Bulochnikov, told Us Weekly the day following her performance, "I will never know the truth, but I do know that we told them three times that her mic pack was not working and it was a disastrous production." She added that she was "furious" with Dick Clark Productions.

Mariah Carey is claiming her New Year's Eve set was an act of ... - com.au
Mariah Carey is claiming her New Year's Eve set was an act of ... - com.au

She claims the show producers realized that Mariah's inner ear piece was not working, and chose not to cut to the West Coast feed or commercial and instead left the singer on stage to hang dry. She was left to perform the next two songs "Emotions" and "We Belong Together" without hearing the backing tracks. Mariah was visibly frustrated, at first talking to the crowd "I'm trying to be a good sport here," then pacing the stage and gliding awkwardly with the backup dancers.

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Mariah barely sang "Emotions" at all, saying “We didn’t have a [sound] check for this song, so we’ll just say it went to No. 1 and that’s what it is, okay?” She instead told the crowd "I'm going to say let the audience sing, okay?" Visibly flustered, she pleaded with the production crew to turn on the monitors, to no avail. When it was finally over, with tears brimming in her eyes, Mariah handed off the mic resigning, "It just don't get any better."

The trolls hit hard

Despite the technical difficulties that were apparent, viewers were not impressed.

The critics came fast and furious. Twitter lit up with both puzzled remarks from fans, as well as a slew of mean tweets about Mariah's performance going south.

Dick Clark Productions bites back against Mariah's allegations

Dick Clark Productions is not taking the claims against them lightly.

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They deny there was any sabotage of Mariah Carey's performance and are now even denying that there were technical difficulties during her show.

“To suggest that [Dick Clark Productions]...would ever intentionally compromise the success of any artist is defamatory, outrageous and frankly absurd,” the company said in a statement.

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